ROSEWOOD MARIMBA BAND
The Rosewood Marimba Band is comprised of students from the Percussion Studio at the University of Arizona - Kyle Maxwell-Doherty - Graduate Student Director, Eric Hines, Christopher Ozorio, James Steele II, and Stephen Tipping.
The group has been invited to perform two Showcase Concerts at the 17th Annual Puerto Rico International Percussion Festival. Held in August, at the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, this Festival is one of the most prestigious musical events in the Americas. One Rosewood concert will feature early jazz and ragtime music. The second concert will be comprised of more contemporary compositions for keyboard-percussion ensemble. We’ve started a campaign to raise enough funds to make this trip, and we're asking for your support.
There is perhaps, no music that is more “American” in nature than the early jazz composed between 1920 and 1930. During this era, the xylophone was an important instrument in the development of American jazz. This music is highly rhythmic, harmonically adventurous, and technically demanding. Rosewood’s appearance at the Festival will serve to share this typically American music with Puerto Rican audiences and other artist/musicians from Latin America.
While in Puerto Rico, members of the group will have the opportunity to meet with world-class Puerto-Rican percussionists to learn Plena and Bomba in an effort to bring this typically Puerto-Rican musical style to the University of Arizona to be performed with the “World Music Gang” (another outstanding ensemble of the School of Music that specializes in the performance of music from West Africa, South Africa, Brazil, Cuba, and the Middle East). We will take this opportunity to learn, not only about the musical aspects of Plena and Bomba, but the social and cultural relations as well.
WHAT YOUR FUNDING WILL DO
Your contribution will be used to help purchase the necessary airfare to fly the student members of the group from Tucson, Arizona to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Your contribution to this project is NOT a tax deductible contribution.
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